Transportation coalition aims to promote policy changes | Interstate 66 tolling, HOV expansion in Va. yield mixed results | Colo. hyperloop feasibility being studied
May 25, 2018
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Transportation coalition aims to promote policy changes
Transportation coalition aims to promote policy changes
The Coalition for Smarter Transportation has been formed by mobility providers, municipal governments and transportation stakeholders to help enact government policies to improve US transportation systems. The coalition's six policy principles include increasing investment in transportation technology research and boosting innovation investment.
Traffic Technology Today (U.K.) (5/24) 
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Webinar: Planning for the Autonomous Age
Don't worry if you missed CDM Smith's webinar on April 23. You can view it on-demand. Our experts examined emerging trends affecting mobility, discussed the benefits of scenario planning to augment traditional long-range planning, and gave advice on preparing for the future. Watch the recording.
Rails, Roads & Vehicles
Interstate 66 tolling, HOV expansion in Va. yield mixed results
HOV use has stayed "pretty steady" since HOV hours were expanded and tolls implemented for single riders on Interstate 66 within the Capital Beltway, said Virginia Deputy Transportation Secretary Nick Donohue. Virginia Transportation Secretary Shannon Valentine said last week that "dynamic tolling is working along the corridor."
WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.) (5/24) 
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Colo. hyperloop feasibility being studied
Virgin Hyperloop One is considering a system in Colorado, but officials say the project must first overcome financial, logistical and regulatory hurdles. The Colorado Department of Transportation and the company are conducting a feasibility study, which should be completed next year.
The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (5/23) 
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Travel Tech
Technology is changing the premium vehicle market
Software, interactive features, immersive experiences and other technologies are becoming requirements for premium automotive suppliers, write Jian Xu and Xiaoming Liu of A. T. Kearney. They assert that "OEMs must dramatically diversify their investments in being a premium brand, or see their claims to premium status inevitably slip away."
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (5/22) 
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Going Green
Lithium-sulfur could be next step in electric-car batteries
A battery for electric vehicles made from lithium and sulfur could improve energy density five times and charging rate up to 10 times over conventional lithium-ion batteries. The Argonne National Laboratory's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research has said lithium-sulfur batteries are the most likely successor to lithium-ion batteries.
Forbes (5/24) 
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Norway may finally be seeing fuel consumption benefit of EVs
Norway's growth in electric vehicle use in recent years had not resulted in lower oil consumption, writes Robert Rapier, citing Norway's population growth and the continued use of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles to account for the disparity. But data for 2017 show Norway's fuel consumption may now be on the decline, Rapier writes.
Forbes (5/24) 
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US considers higher tariffs on imported vehicles
A Trump administration investigation into the effect of importing foreign-made vehicles on the US auto industry could lead to increased tariffs on those vehicles, the Commerce Department said. The EU, China and Japan expressed disapproval for the move, which is seen as a negotiating tactic for talks with Canada and Mexico on the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Reuters (5/24),  Nikkei Asian Review (Japan) (tiered subscription model) (5/24),  The Associated Press (5/24) 
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A summary in Wednesday's edition of ITS America SmartBrief listed an incorrect location for Integrated Roadways. The company is located in Kansas City, Mo. SmartBrief regrets the error.
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